Fight My Ticket and Win – 3 Costly Mistakes That Will Make You Lose Your Case
Mistake #1 – Admitting You’re Guilty
When you’re first pulled over by the police, the first thing they’re likely to ask you for is license and registration, and perhaps insurance information. But it is the second thing they ask that begins the trap for you. It usually begins with “Do you know why I pulled you over?” or “Do you know how fast you were going?”. The first reaction of any driver is to try and answer the officer’s question. The problem is that he’s setting a trap for you. They are seeking an admission of guilt right there on the spot. Since you’re not technically under arrest they don’t have to inform you of your rights or give a “Miranda” warning. The proper answer to either one of those questions is always “no.” Not only is it the best way to preserve your rights, but it is also the only truthful answer. You don’t really know why the officer pulled you over (although you may have an idea) and you don’t really know exactly how fast you were going. Be respectful, but don’t admit your guilt before you even have a chance to think about defending your rights.
Mistake #2 – Not Taking Note of Your Surroundings
If you’ve been issued a ticket, do your best to take note of all of the circumstances around the police stop before you leave the scene. Take note of the road conditions, the traffic and any other relevant matters. For the officer, your stop is just one of many throughout the month. If called to testify, he is unlikely to recall the exact circumstances of your stop as well as you do. Be courteous and polite, do not argue and do not give him any reason to remember you. Taking note of your surroundings will enable you to point out any likely (if unintentional) inconsistencies in his story if you end up in court.
Mistake #3 – Not Preparing For Court
Showing up to court and denying the charges against you is not proper preparation. You need to review the exact charge, review the facts and determine if you have even been charged with the right offense, regardless of guilt. If you have not, you need to bring it to the attention of the judge or magistrate or whoever is hearing your case. If you have witnesses, you need to make sure they appear and give their testimony if it is favorable to you. Also, although you never want anyone to perjure himself, you need to know what they’re going to say before they’re under oath. Finally, look presentable. Your credibility (or the appearance of credibility) may be as important a factor as any in deciding your case. For more information on how to fight my ticket and win, click on the link above.